NOTICE: The swinging bridge at Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve is temporarily closed due to unsafe and dangerous conditions. Hiking trails at the preserve are currently inaccessible.
Goshen Pass is a magnificent mountain gorge three miles long that was formed by the Maury River. Visitors here enjoy swimming, tubing, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and walking the trail on the north side of the river.
This part of the Maury River is some of the most popular whitewater in Virginia and is rated at a high difficulty. Kayakers and canoers can experience six miles of numerous class II, class III, and two class IV rapids, specifically Devil’s Kitchen and Corner Rapid.
Public access for hiking at Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve is available via a parking area off Route 39 and swinging bridge across the Maury River, both maintained by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) as an access point for the Goshen-Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA). DGIF requires a WMA Access Permit for visitors age 17 years and older who do not possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing or trapping license, or boat registration.
Last Updated: 07/01/2020